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Toronto Film Festival Unveils First-Ever Virtual Edition Amid Pandemic

The 2020 Toronto Film Festival, set to run Sept. 10-19 in Toronto, will be a hybrid event with limited in-person film screenings and mostly virtual red carpets, press conferences and industry events…

Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay and More Call for Urgent Reform: “Our Country Is in a Moment of Reckoning”

Oprah Winfrey continued to have an open conversation with black artists and activists on Wednesday aimed at determining how America can funnel the rage and protests of recent weeks into action to…

Ava DuVernay Among Six Elected to Film Academy Board for First Time

This election cycle propelled the 54-person board to new records for women (26) and people of color (12).

Netflix Launches Black Lives Matter Collection of Films, TV Shows and Documentaries

In response to the worldwide demonstrations protesting racial injustice in the wake of George Floyd's death, Netflix has launched a Black Lives Matter collection of films, TV shows and documentaries…

Oprah Winfrey, Ava DuVernay, Stacey Abrams Call for Systemic Change Amid Events “That Demand Action”

"We find ourselves on a precipice, on a tipping point," Oprah Winfrey said as she opened a conversation with black artists and activists on Tuesday aimed at determining how America can funnel the…

Ava DuVernay Launches LEAP Initiative for “Narrative Change Around Police Abuse”

Ava DuVernay has launched the LEAP (Law Enforcement Accountability Project) initiative focused on storytelling around police violence and abuse across multiple forms of media. The effort seeks to…

‘Selma,’ ‘Just Mercy’ and More Made Free to Rent in Wake of Nationwide Protests

Films tackling racial issues, such as 'Selma,' 'The Hate U Give' and 'Just Mercy,' have been made available at no cost in June for those looking to educate themselves in the wake of George Floyd's…

Critics’ Conversation: Is TV Afraid to Tackle Police Brutality or Just Unable to Do It Well?

As protests sparked by the murder of George Floyd continue around the country, THR's Daniel Fienberg and Inkoo Kang reflect on the small screen's struggle to depict police violence and community…

Ava DuVernay Launches Education Initiative and ‘When They See Us’ Learning Companion

A year after the release of her Emmy-winning Netflix series 'When They See Us,' filmmaker Ava DuVernay is continuing to share the story of the Exonerated Five while also furthering the conversation…

Netflix, Ava DuVernay Attack Prosecutor’s Defamation Lawsuit Over ‘When They See Us’

Netflix and Ava DuVernay are asking a Florida federal judge to either dismiss or transfer to New York Linda Fairstein's lawsuit that claims her portrayal in 'When They See Us' is defamatory.

Hollywood Remembers Little Richard: “One of the True Creators of Rock and Roll”

Influential rock musician Little Richard, known for hits such as "Tutti Frutti" and "Good Golly, Miss Molly," died Saturday at the age of 87. Following his death, many Hollywood figures took to…

Ava DuVernay’s ARRAY Launches $250,000 Arts Fund for Organizations Focused on Women, Minorities

Ava DuVernay's non-profit foundation ARRAY Alliance on Tuesday launched a $250,000 fund to provide grants for creators and organizations telling stories of underrepresented communities, especially…